The 'electoral register' lists the names and addresses of everyone who's registered to vote. You need to be on it to be able to vote in elections and referendums.
You can also register by post.
You may need the following, if you have them:
- National Insurance number
- passport if you're a British citizen living abroad
The form will be sent to your local electoral registration officer. They'll contact you to confirm that you've been registered to vote.
You may be able to register anonymously if you're worried about being listed on the electoral register.
You'll need to:
- explain why your safety, or the safety of another person in your house, would be at risk
- provide evidence to support your application
Registering if you don't have a permanent address
You can register to vote without a fixed address by:
- filling out a form
- printing it
- signing it
- sending it to your local electoral registration office
Download the form to apply to vote without a permanent address.
Who can register to vote
You can register to vote when you are:
- aged 14 or older for Scottish Parliament and council elections
- aged 16 or older for UK Parliament and European Parliament elections
You can't vote until you're:
- aged 16 or over Scottish Parliament and council elections
- aged 18 or older for UK Parliament and European Parliament elections
Ways to vote
The GOV.UK ways to vote guide explains how to vote:
- in person at a polling station
- by post
- by proxy - getting someone else to vote for you
Voting when you're abroad
The GOV.UK voting when you're abroad guide explains what to do if:
- you'll be abroad on election day
- you've moved abroad
- you're serving abroad in the armed forces
- you're a crown servant or British Council employee